HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale has told the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma radio station Rock 100.5 The KATT that the band is planning to enter the studio in early 2020 to begin work on the follow-up to last year's "Vicious" album.
She said (see video below): "We pretty much decided that in late spring, I think, we're gonna settle down and just focus on doing another record. It's crazy — after we finished the last record, 'Vicious', we had so much material that wasn't even recorded, we had a lot of material that was recorded that wasn't even included on the record, and then since then, we have about two albums' worth of material. So it's almost like 'Vicious' was a launchpad for all this new stuff to come. So I can't wait to actually get it down and show it to everybody."
This past June, HALESTORM bassist Josh Smith spoke to The Sound Lab about what the band's next album might end up sounding like. He said: "['Vicious'] was different from our other ones. This album, for us, was not a departure, but a return to the HALESTORM of old. Throughout our records, we finetuned this way of getting songs prepared and ready for the studio, and this, we went back to the days of jamming it out in the basement and figuring it out as we go along. It took a lot longer, but we re-found parts of ourselves that I think we haven't had in some time. So I'm really looking forward to continuing down that hole and seeing what we come up with to make HALESTORM more HALESTORM and more us individually. Yes, I think everyone knows we have a really great singer, and we have a fucking amazing drummer, but I think this last record really showed each of us… kind of spotlighted each of us a little bit more. So we wanna do that."
He added: "I don't know… We've talked about a lot of things, but I'm not gonna give them away. You're just gonna have to wait, with everyone else."
HALESTORM and GODSMACK will join forces for a month-long U.S. tour in the fall. The trek will kick off on September 20 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and end on October 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"Vicious" was released in July 2018 via Atlantic. The disc was recorded at Nashville, Tennesse's Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz.
HALESTORM was nominated for a "Best Rock Performance" Grammy Award for its song "Uncomfortable".
In 2012, the band won its first Grammy in the category of "Best Hard Rock/ Metal Performance" for "Love Bites (So Do I)". According to the Grammy web site, Lzzy became the first woman to earn a Grammy in the category.